NSSP Update – December 2020
A Technical Newsletter for the NSSP Community of Practice | December 2020
The National Syndromic Surveillance Program issues NSSP Update monthly to share the latest Community of Practice activities, technical and program updates, and ways in which syndromic surveillance is improving public health.
Trends in U.S. Emergency Department Visits Related to Suspected or Confirmed Child Abuse and Neglect Among Children and Adolescents Aged <18 Years Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic—United States, January 2019–September 2020
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the total number of emergency department visits related to child abuse and neglect decreased, but the percentage of such visits resulting in hospitalization increased, compared with 2019. Read more.
Mental Health-Related Emergency Department Visits Among Children Aged <18 Years During the COVID-19 Pandemic—United States, January 1–October 17, 2020
Monitoring indicators of children’s mental health, promoting coping and resilience, and expanding access to services to support children’s mental health are critical during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more.
COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE
Syndromic Surveillance Symposium—A Virtual Success!
The event included 31 sessions, with more than 75 moderators and presenters. Sessions included training, open-forum discussions, and presentations on pandemic response efforts and other innovative work being done by public health departments. Read more.
DATA QUALITY CORNER
How to do SQL Queries in RStudio Pro
Did you know that routine structured query language (SQL) queries can be done in RStudio Pro? This is a good alternative if you’ve been using the recently retired Adminer application. Follow these easy steps and code examples to query data. Read more.
Developing Syndrome Definitions
NSSP staff collaborate to develop and improve syndrome definitions.
One new syndrome definition has been added to ESSENCE to support the COVID-19 response: Change in Taste or Smell v1. A factsheet will be added to the NSSP Community of Practice Knowledge Repository.
Monthly National-level Free-text ESSENCE Queries
Analysts can exercise a high level of customization by using free-text queries. They can quickly code free-text queries and rapidly respond to outbreaks, disasters, and health events that unfold. These word clouds capture free-text queries from a national perspective.
NSSP Participation Map
NSSP is exploring how to better communicate the coverage provided by syndromic surveillance emergency department (ED) data. This map shows U.S. counties with emergency care facilities that participate in NSSP. Data will be published quarterly.
This will replace the measure based on the proportion of ED visits captured.
Spring 2021 Software Enhancements Underway
We’re hard at work on 2021 enhancements to the Access & Management Center and Data Quality Dashboard. We’re also looking at ways to improve surveillance capabilities. Read more.
|December 14||NSSP CoP Core Committee Call (Monthly); 1:00–2:30 PM ET|
||NSSP Community of Practice Call (Monthly); 3:00–4:30 PM ET|
|December 15||NSSP Vendor Patches in Testing and Development Environments;
12:00–8:00 AM ET
|December 16||Syndrome Definition Subcommittee Call (Monthly); 1:00–2:00 PM ET|
|December 17||NSSP Vendor Patches in Onboarding and Production Environments;
12:00–8:00 AM ET
|January 13||Race and Ethnicity Data Quality Improvement Workgroup; 3:00–4:00 PM ET|
|January 19||NSSP Community of Practice Call (Monthly); 3:00–4:30 PM ET|
View more calendar details at the NSSP Community of Practice.